Sunday, 26 February 2017

Warpaint - BILLIE HOLIDAY

Heard this song last night for the first time in ages, sounded great still so thought I'd post it up for a nice relaxing Sunday afternoon post.
Taken from Warpaint's 2009 EP Exquisite Corpse, 'Billie Holiday'.

 

The Dø - 'On My Shoulders'

Taking it back to 2007/14 The Dø with 'On My Shoulders' from the album A Mouthful.

Great indie pop from the French/Finnish duo. A wonderfully addictive tune.  Olivia Merilahti's beautifully fragile vocals indulge us in a vocal melody that is both easy going and wholly pleasing in its simplistic yet catchy rhythm. A melty sad song.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Radio NZ : Low Interview

Lovely interview with Alan and Mim of Low while on their current tour down under. Listen here.

In case you need reminding how awesome they are, here's the opening track 'Gentle' off their latest album 'Ones and Sixes'.


Friday, 1 April 2016

Nina's 'Stars' at Montreux Festival 1976

This performance of 'Stars' at the Montreux Festival in 1976 is simply stunning. Possibly one of the best performances out there on record. Who could fail to look into Nina's eyes and not feel something. Nina was feeling too much. Listen to that perfect pitch at the beginning where she begins to sing before the first notes from the piano. A genius command of sound. I'm so glad someone filmed this because I feel like I was there (with out the feelings of nervousness for potentially being told off for standing up). These were a great few moments in time.

    

Monday, 27 July 2015

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - 'Multi-Love'

The video gives me a headache but the song doesn't. This is a band that should be playing End Of The Road festival this year.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy UK Tour?

When I first moved to Oxford I missed Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and Trembling Bells play on my doorstep by a month. Every time I hear a Bonnie 'Prince' Billy song I am reminded of this fact. I contacted his record company the other day to ask if he has any plans to come back to the UK, sadly the response was "there are no UK tour plans at the moment" - I'll hang on to the "at the moment" comment.

Here's a recording of the May 2012 concert at the then called 'Bullingdon', now the slightly better but not very inspiringly named 'Art Bar' in Oxford. The Bonnie Bells of Oxford features Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – aka Will Oldham – on vocals, melodica and kazoo, and the Trembling Bells group: Lavinia Blackwell (vocals, keyboard, guitar), Mike Hastings (guitar, vocals), Alex Neilson (drums, vocals) and Simon Shaw (bass, vocals). The live album is available to stream online for free, or can be purchased as a download for £7. You can't beat a bit of kazoo now can you? Please come back Bonnie 'Prince' Billy!

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Metronomy on tour

Oh my goodness! How did I miss that Metronomy are going to be playing the Oxford O2 in March? Amazingly there are still tickets available here. Do yourself a favour and get a couple, this band is one of the most consistently good bands to come out of the UK in a while, great live as well. They've sold out two nights back to back at The Old Market Brighton (but to be fair that might just be my friend Pete who loves them), and one night at the Brixton Academy so far on this tour.

Here's I'm Aquarious, I'm Aquarius, I'm Aquarius, I'm Aquarius, I'm Aquarius, I'm Aquarius... here

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

R.I.P. Pete Seeger (May 3rd 1919 - January 27th 2014)

I've always been aware of Pete Seeger, primarily through his recording of 'Little Boxes' and also after reading a book about Dylan. A couple of years ago I watched a documentary about Pete Seeger's life called 'Power of Song' which left quite an impression not only because he had led such a fascinating life, but also because he seemed such a wholesome man with a caring attitude. His daughter said he was chopping up wood 10 days ago, I like that thought. He passed at 94 of natural causes, what a lucky man. Your music goes on. Rest in peace Pete Seeger, we'll do our best to look after the world.

The BBC has some nice collection of photos of Pete here.
 
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